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Posted: May 19, 2017 José Andrés
PR Newswire

Named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People" and "Outstanding Chef" by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. His avant-garde minibar by José Andrés earned two Michelin stars in 2016 and with that, José is the only chef globally that has both a two-star Michelin restaurant and four Bib Gourmands. Andrés' work has earned numerous awards including the 2015 National Humanities Medal, one of 12 distinguished recipients of the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. And during the next three years he will be working with Interaceituna and the European Union to be the "Have an Olive Day" ambassador to promote the values of the European Olives in his country of residence.

Posted: May 19, 2017 The Humanities go to Washington: An Interview with Robert Bowen
The American Philosophical Association Blog

On March 13, 2017, I joined approximately 200 humanities advocates in downtown DC to receive training in effective lobbying (the event was organized by the National Humanities Alliance and sponsored by the APA).  The purpose of this was to impact the current Congress’s budgetary discussions and to build relationships with my elected representatives, with the long-term goal of promoting the government’s support for the humanities.  I quickly found out that numerous other individuals had, like me, chosen to do this for the first time after hearing of the Trump administration’s plans to cut all funding to the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Others had decided to participate after seeing their schools time and again cut funding to the humanities in the name of financial constraints while doubling down on vocational training because it brings in money.

Posted: May 19, 2017 Bug O Nay Ge Shig School teacher to attend NEH summer session
The Pilot Independent, Walker, MN

The Bug O Nay Ge Shig School is proud to announce that one of its veteran teachers, Priscilla Smith, has been selected to attend the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer session titled, “Teaching Native American Histories." The Institute will be held in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts in July.

The NEH’s Division of Education Programs works to strengthen humanities education through intensive summer programs of reading and discussion with recognized scholars. Individual teachers have opportunities to strengthen their mastery of the subjects they teach.

These primarily residential programs encourage school teachers and college teachers to study common texts, visit collections in libraries and museums, exchange ideas about the art of teaching, and share insights and materials with their colleagues and students

Posted: May 18, 2017 Gillespie Chosen to Participate in Prestigious National Summer Program Hosted by National Endowment for the Humanities
Southern Mississippi Now

Dr. Jeanne Gillespie, a professor of Spanish and American Indian Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Gillespie will participate in an institute entitled “Beyond East and West: the Early Modern World, 1400-1800.”

Posted: May 18, 2017 BGSU gets $100,000 for migration study
Toledo Blade

The movement of people from place to place is centuries old. As part of human history, migration is integral to the story of the human race and modern society.

Bowling Green State University has been awarded major funding under a new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Understanding Migration: Local and Global Perspectives,” co-authored by Dr. Christina Guenther, world languages and cultures, and Dr. Vibha Bhalla, ethnic studies, has been funded for the full amount of $100,000. The new Humanities Connections grant is designed to encourage undergraduate students across the country to develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind that the humanities cultivate. In this first round of grant awards, BGSU was the only recipient in Ohio.  

The grant provides for professional development for faculty members this summer to design four new one-credit “1910” freshman seminar classes offered in the fall: “Immigrant Ohio in the 21st Century,” “Changing Faces of Europe: Contemporary Voices of Migration,” “The Great Migration,” and “Searching for Memories: Mexican (Im)Migration to Northwest Ohio.”  

Posted: May 18, 2017 Preserving the history of the Assyrian Empire, once the largest in the world
Penn Current

Amidst the Islamic State’s destruction of historical sites and museums in Iraq and Syria, Grant Frame, an associate professor of Assyriology and graduate chair in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations in the School of Arts & Sciences, is leading an international team translating royal inscriptions of the region’s ancient empires. Their ultimate mission: to increase understanding of Assyrian and Babylonian history.

Frame has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for $245,000 for 2017-19 for his Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period, or RINAP, Project. The grant—his fifth—brings the total amount provided by NEH for the project since 2008 to $1.2 million. 
The project, funded under the NEH Division of Preservation and Access, makes available historic materials from Iraq and Syria, some of which have come perilously close to being destroyed by ISIS.


“What we’re trying to do is preserve and make accessible information about the history of the Assyrian Empire. At the time, it was the largest empire the world had ever seen,” says Frame, who is also associate curator of the Penn Museum’s Babylonian Section.

His project, which produces both hard copy and online formats, currently consists of four volumes. This latest grant will enable Frame and his research team to add three additional volumes and complete the project.

Posted: May 18, 2017 Town’s archive can now be found online
Woburn Daily Times Chronicle

Looking for a good photo from Winchester’s history? Look no further than winchester.pastperfectonline.com. Now, so much of the town’s history can be found online, and it’s all due to the hard work of those who work/volunteer in the Archival Center.

The ladies of the Archival Center - Nancy Schrock, Ellen Knight and Randy Bairnsfather - have spent almost three decades maintaining the Archives and laying the groundwork for this project.

“This catalog is the culmination of 27 years of work, thousands of hours of volunteer time, and five grants: two from the Massachusetts Historic Records Advisory Board, one from the En Ka Society, one from the Winchester Cultural Council, and major funding for a preservation assessment from the National Endowment for the Humanities,” said Schrock at the most recent Board of Selectmen meeting.

Posted: May 18, 2017 May 18: Art Museum Day Raises Awareness of Cultural and Community Contributions
Culture Type News

MUSEUMS ARE BEING CELEBRATED around the world with an emphasis on the critical role the institutions play in civil society. On May 18, hundreds of museums are observing Art Museum Day and International Museum Day with free or discounted admission and special programming. Museums are planning events that complement their exhibitions, explore social justice issues, and promote arts advocacy.

Given the challenging state of global relations, this year’s slogan, “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums,” is a reminder that “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

In the wake of recent threats to federal funding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services, museums are encouraging visitors to contact their elected officials about the importance of the arts. According to Hyperallergic, museums are displaying #SavetheArts banners and making postcards available for correspondence with legislators on May 18.

Posted: May 18, 2017 History of sleep: what was normal?
News-Medical.Net

Professor Ekrich's path-breaking work uncovering the history of “segmented sleep” has revamped traditional assumptions about normal human slumber. A member of the editorial board of Sleep Health: The Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, he has given frequent keynote addresses to medical gatherings.

In an article in Scientific American Mind, Walter A. Brown, M.D. of Brown University Medical School marvelled, “The source of this new assault on conventional thinking comes not from a drug company or a university research program but from a historian.”

His sleep scholarship has also inspired art exhibitions at the Galleria Raucci Santamaria in Naples, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Bonniers Konsthall Museum of Contemporary Art in Stockholm During Prof. Ekirch’s career, he has received four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 1981-1982 he became the first Paul Mellon Fellow at Cambridge University, where he taught in the Faculty of History and resided as a Fellow Commoner at Peterhouse.  In 1998, he was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.

Posted: May 17, 2017 Symposium Celebrates NEH-funded "Reading the First Books” Project
University of Texas at Austin News

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections will host a day-long digital scholarship symposium on May 30, 2017, titled “Reading the First Books: Colonial Documents in the Digital Age.” The event is free and open to the public, with registration at Reading the First Books

The symposium celebrates the culmination of “Reading the First Books: Multilingual, Early-Modern OCR for Primeros Libros,” a two-year effort to develop tools for the automatic transcription of early modern, multilingual printed books that involved a collaboration between students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities